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Old 11-08-2018, 03:38 AM   #11
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I decided to order and build out a 2017 Ram 5500 Larime to pull my 2017 Voltage 4051 that comes in at 20,000 lbs. I am running the Aisin Trans and 4:44 gears. By buying a C&C there are a few trade offs to consider. In my case it isnít a daily driver so it was less of an issue. I wanted a 4500 but they stopped putting the 4:44 gears in the 4500 for 2017. The only difference in the two trucks is the payload ratings. I probably gave up 1-2 mpg with the 4:44 gears over the 4:10 but I was concerned with towing this heavy of a load and it hunting for gears all the time. Hindsight a 4500 with 4:10 would have done just fine. I am getting 9-11 mpg empty or towing. My rational for going with a Heavy Duty C&C was to have the closet thing to a tank I could drive on the streets. I feel far more secure having all the larger axles, tranny, drive train, wheels / tires and brakes to handle the stress of towing these heavy RVs. Now the downsides. I am slightly over my GVWR but well in spec of all axle ratings etc. The 5500 weighs in at 11,200 and they donít tag these commercial trucks as high as the 3500 for obvious reasons. The chassis trucks come from the factory ďdetunedĒ vs the non commercial trucks. It could use the extra 100 ft pds when towing in hilly conditions. Being told no way to program this any differently. Tried to order it w/o but wasnít an option. Reason for this is vast majority of these chassis trucks are used for tow trucks, Rescue Squads etc and they are supposedly built for longevity. Lastly, this will force you into a commercial insurance so that is an added cost if you donít own a business to write some of these costs off. For me being able to custom design a bed that would serve me more efficiently than a traditional style bed was a positive to the overall project also. Good luck with your choice you likely canít go wrong with various options of a truck build / choice.
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Old 11-08-2018, 04:06 PM   #12
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I'd just get my Chevy fixed and keep on driving it. Unless, you just want to trade. Then the Dodge is a good option.
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Old 11-08-2018, 04:35 PM   #13
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Yup its all a matter of your personal likes. Either will get the job done with ease. you just have to test drive for sitting comfort. Check out the location of controls for all the "stuff" and decide which fits your desires better...and buy it!

I had two Dodge Cummins. But after getting hit from behind on the bike...life changed. Looking for a new truck to pull a Toyhauler. For 2011, Chevy was ahead in the interior layout and options. Took a test drive of 20 miles. Wife commented her back didn't hurt sitting in the Chevy seat (she suffered three burst fractured vertebrae in the wreck) and that settled it! Done. Ordered what I wanted, arrived in three weeks. I ordered an aluminum tool bed from Highway Products. Drove all the way to White City, Oregon to get it put on. No problems at all!

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Old 11-08-2018, 04:55 PM   #14
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Your truck would be perfect for my 2951. I pull it now with a 2003 2500 crew cab, with duramax. It pulls it great but I would like a newer dualy for the bigger axels and heavier brakes.
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:02 PM   #15
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Larry,
One thing to remember...a dually is a pain in the butt to drive around town and park!
So mine just sits unless I'm pulling one of the trailers I own. So got it on November 12, 2010 and today have a bit over 85,000 miles on it. So it should last a good long while!!!

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Old 11-08-2018, 06:53 PM   #16
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You do have to be aware of the other set of tires out there and the fender but after you curb the outside wheels a few times you'll get the hang of it.

Parking sports aren't that difficult to find, it's getting the thing cranked into a spot. Drive it like a semi and most people will get out of the way if they like to choke intersections and driveways.
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Old 11-08-2018, 07:13 PM   #17
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If I go new I probably will go with one ton single.
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